Would you pay for plastic carrier bags at the supermarket?

April 4, 2008 5:10pm CST
There's a big thing in UK about plastic bags and the environment. Store may begin to charge for hat was once a free service. The thing that bugs me is that all these bags they sell you as a substitute have the store name plastered all over them. When you walk around with one of these bags you are a walking billboard for that store. Why shouldn't you send them a bill for your advertising services at say $100 per hour like the ad agencies charge? That would make them think again....
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@dandj929 (424)
• United States
4 Apr 08
Here in the USA most stores are now selling canvas bags with their logos on them for about a dollar, but you can still use the plastic bags for free (but government is trying to change that and ban them). One store here, Ikea, charges you 5 cents per plastic bag or you can buy their reusable bags for about a dollar too. I think all stores here in CT now requires stores to offer places to return your used plastic bags for recycling purposes. I think plastic nonreusable bags should be outlawed. They take thousands of years to biodegrade and are horrible for the environment. I now use the canvas reusable ones whenever I go into any store. They are great also because they are so much sturdier than the plastic ones that easily rip.
@gemini_rose (16194)
4 Apr 08
No I will not pay for a plastic bag with the name all over it, especially not if it is a netto bag, have you seen them, bright yellow with netto printed all over it!! The bag then states exactly where you have been shopping. If it gets to the stage where I am having to pay for bags then I am going to invest in a super cool trendy one, one that is not too dear but looks the part!!
5 Apr 08
Some netto bags are now black, they are in the store near me!! Though the slogan is just as bad! They have started doing canvas bags now.
@gemini_rose (16194)
5 Apr 08
I think they are horrible! I cannot imagine having a canvas one, I hope no one ever buys me one!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
5 Apr 08
We have a large and multicoloured selection of plastic bags, most of them with some supermarkets name or other on them. We also have a selection of the cotton/canvas bags, also with names and logos all over them. Invariably I take the "wrong" bag to the shop. So I come home with Tesco food in a Sainsbury's bag. Personally I think that we should pay for these bags. They get everywhere, I have just driven a mile down the road (yes yes, why didn't I walk) and saw several Tesco bags blown up against a fence. As for sending them a bill - well if you have to pay, why not. Although it might be said that their name and logo is the price that you have to pay for the convenience of having a bag that you should have brought in the first place. Hope they like that reply when I get back to Tesco's Marketing Department on Monday. I badly need a promotion!!
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• United States
5 Apr 08
no way would i. i usually bring a cloth bag of my own to the market. the plastic bags would rip before i even got home they were so thin. i always see them blowing around on the streets here,and i don't think they degrade either.
• Singapore
5 Apr 08
I wouldn't. Plastic bags as far as I can remember is free, though it is true that is not free at all, why? We already pay for it once we buy something. Look at your receipts and all the taxes you have paid. Is that your responsibility. Would you go to a supermarket that doesn't give a plastic bag for free when you buy something? Do you need to bring your own plastic? Well, both have pros and cons. You can always recycle plastics as more plastics being produced, the more it contribute to pollution. But a supermarket that doesn't offer a free plastic might loose customer.
@Galena (9123)
5 Apr 08
yes, I would go to a supermarket that charges for carrier bags. I think it's a great thing to do, and if I should forget to bring enough canvas bags, I'd pay for the extra bags, and not complain at all.
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@jason1308 (1587)
• France
4 Apr 08
Although I can see where they are heading with this plastic bag argument, after all they are bad for the enviroment, I don't think that the government should use this as an excuse for slapping a green tax on it, which the supermarkets then pass on to us as a charge. Over here in France the Supermarkets don't freely give out plastic bags, you have to actually ask for them and they then usually give you a discuting look, or try to sell you one of their bag for life bags, whic I normally alredy have but have left them in the car or at home. I hve seen some smaller Bio traders using special plastic bags which are 100 % recycleable, and werefree, so if they can do it, then why can't the biggr supermarkets, or offer paper carriers once again.
@Galena (9123)
5 Apr 08
if you leave the bags in the car, then take the trolly back to the car and load the bags. this only occurred to us after thinking, oh, forgotten the bags, we'll have to use carriers, and then on pushing the trolly to the car with the bagged shopping, we realised how we should have done it. doh.
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@Mythion (188)
• Israel
16 Apr 08
Soon plastic bags would cost money in Israel too, I wouldn't pay for those weak plastic bags, I will just bring a leather one from home, doesn't hurt the enviroment and doesn't cost money(once you bought one).
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16 Apr 08
I usually have at least one shopping bag with me when I go out and I have several canvas type shopping bags at home. I don't like using the flimsy plastic carrier bags as they break far too easily and they are dreadful for our environment. I won't pay for store bags, I would rather use my good old fashioned canvas bags any time
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• Australia
14 Apr 08
I would have to way up the cost of buying specific liners against paying for shopping bags. If it was still the cheaper option, then yeah, I would pay for them.
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
7 Apr 08
I would use a cotton tote or even banana boxes before I would pay for those cheapy plastic bags. I would no sooner pay for the bags than I would expect to pay for the toilet paper when I use the stores restroom.
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@tezovhemo (361)
5 Apr 08
yeah you would have too pay or youd get barred lmaooo
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• United States
5 Apr 08
I have a few bags that I use that dont have any store name on them at all. It does bother me that they want you to purchace a bag for their store. I understand the need to take care of the environment, but I would love it if instead of each store selling bags with their names on them they would have some bags with some style and character to them.
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5 Apr 08
Stores charge for bags to help you re-use you other carriers, we have people who come to our store weekly and buy 10 bags but they never bring them back, they may use for them for the rubbish bin but they are happy enough buying bags every week!! I try and take my canvas bag with me but if I buy more than I wanted to I will buy a bag as places such as lidl and netto are that cheap anyway!!
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@chiyosan (30206)
• Philippines
18 Apr 08
no. i dont think i would. i mean, why should i pay for a plastic bag when they have to put the things i bought in them? its all part of the shopping routine right? but, if i requested for extras.. i think i might consider paying for that one.
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• United States
18 Apr 08
its an opportunity to plastic bags in landfills...its also na opportunity to save up...just brin gyour own bag...i think that is easy.. not getting or buying thei grocery bags doesnt mean you cant afford them or just trying to be very frugal... just think that you are helping saving the environment...just put it that way...
• United States
16 Apr 08
I already use canvas bags whenever possible. I bought two from a store and made one myself. I can also make more bags, if I want, out of old cloth and yarn. One of the bags has a logo on it, but it's worn off. Another bag I got from Wal Mart and it doesn't really have their logo except on a little tiny tag on the side. I use that for my lunch. I still use plastic bags to carry foods home from the bulk bin or to put loose fruit in. But, if they can find a way that I can cleanly reuse those bags, I will take advantage of it. I try to put them in their bag recycling bin when I think of it.
• United States
16 Apr 08
Oh, and my grocery store gives me a 5 cent discount for every bag I reuse, so I save money, too.
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@jason_co (408)
• Philippines
19 Apr 08
No because this will only gonna add up to the garbage in our planet. I rather used the paper box or bring my own cloth bag which I could used repetedly over a long period of time.
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@Elixiress (3893)
19 Apr 08
That is not really that good an argument, since the bags that were once free also have the stores name plastered all over them. I refuse to pay for them, expecially if there is an alternative.
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• India
19 Apr 08
I live in India n plastic bags are still free but when i go to buy vegetables i carry my own bag..its a big cloth bag which can be folded to a small handkerchief size.well..if stores starts to charge for plastic bags i think i wud consider paying for it..its a good attempt to minimize use of plastic bags but yes they shud have an alternative for reclyables as well. have a good day
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
17 Apr 09
Great point...I'd point it out the next time your buying one. I've heard that the UK charges for them and I've seen several sites where they show you how to make your own cloth carryalls. I've thought about making some but so far our country still uses the plastic ones without charging for them. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]